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Watercolor by a US soldier of corpses from a liberated concentration camp awaiting burial

Object | Accession Number: 1988.8.1

Watercolor created by Norman Nichols on VE Day, May 8, 1945, in Lambach, Austria, and given to Captain Horace S. Berry, both soldiers in the 71st Infantry Division, US Army. It depicts dead inmates from recently liberated Gunskirchen concentration camp being arranged prior to burial in mass graves. Kneeling among the corpses is a boy who, explained the artist, "sat most of the day staring at the body of his brother, sobbing quietly and begging the Germans to give him a decent burial in an individual grave." US forces made the German guards collect and bury the dead. Nichols was a soldier in "K" company, 5th regiment, 71st Infantry, commanded by Capt. Berry. The 71st liberated the camp on May 4, 1945. "K" company was tasked with the clean up and establishment of sanitary conditions at the camp. This drawing was used as an illustration in the pamphlet, Seventy-first came -- to Gunskirchen Lager, p. 15, published by the men of the Division in 1945.

Artwork Title
Burials at Lambach
depiction:  1945 May 08
creation:  1945 May 08
depiction: Gunskirchen (Concentration camp); Gunskirchen (Austria)
creation: Lambach (Upper Austria, Austria)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Horace S. Berry
Record last modified: 2023-08-25 17:20:33
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